book review

Wrong About Japan

 

Thumbs up for Wrong About Japan by Peter Carey. Travel.

I want to visit Japan, but that is not in the cards, so I am traveling vicariously instead. This is a small, charming little book about the author’s trip to Japan with his son, as they search to understand even of a fragment of the Japanese spirit that they think they discern in manga and anime.… >> Read more

1984 (Signet Classics)

 

Thumbs up for 1984 by George Orwell. Science fiction.

I know, you’re shocked I haven’t read this already. Well, I like to shock you now and then. I did in fact read about a third of this back as a teenager when I was “supposed” to read it, but that was on a computer screen and my eyes could only take me so far.… >> Read more

Don't Point that Thing at Me

 Thumbs up for Don’t Point That Thing At Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli. Suspense.

I was delighted to find another one of these delightful, nasty little jewels. Think Robert B. Parker but British, with a lot more booze and women and cowardice. Bonfiglioli nevers sets a step wrong. These books deserve much better than the anonymity they have fallen into.

“Somewhere in the trash he reads Martland has read that heavy men walk with surprisingly lightness and grace; as a result he trips about like a portly elf hoping to be picked up by a leprechaun.

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Nature Via Nurture : Genes, Experience, and What Makes Us Human

 

Thumbs up for Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience & What Makes Us Human by Matt Ridley. Science.

The beginning of this book fascinated me. Unfortunately, Ridley makes his point too well, too early (that the realization of genes is influenced by environment, and that “nature” is not mutually exclusive from “nurture”) and by the second half I’d already felt I’d gotten what I was going to get out of it.… >> Read more

Treasure Island

 

Thumbs up for Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Young adult.

I was (quite unfairly) wary of a repeat of my experience with Robinson Crusoe – one of the most agonizingly boring books I’ve ever dragged my way through – but this came highly recommended by my coworker. He was not wrong; it is indeed a delight. Yo-ho-ho!

“‘Marooned three years agone,’ he continued, ‘and lived on goats since then, and berries, and oysters.

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